Domaine Burgundy since 1825
For more than 180 years the love of wine has been passed on from one Faiveley generation to the next. The Domaine has always remained in the same family and always completely independent. Today Erwan Faiveley is one of the youngest directors of a Burgundy Domaine on record. Erwan is keen to respect the traditions and savoir-faire of the Faiveley family, while paying great attention to the professionals around him, as his vision for the future begins to take shape.
Domaine Faiveley is one of the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy. Almost selfsufficient, Faiveley makes 80 percent of its wines with fruit grown in the family’s vineyards and nearly all of its Côte d’Or wines. The family’s policy of buying premium land over the span of seven generations means that Faiveley today owns vineyards in the most prestigious Crus: Bâtard Montrachet, Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Mazis-Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Latricières-Chambertin, Musigny, Echézeaux and Clos Vougeot – the jewels of Burgundy – producing rare and precious wines.
Faiveley now owns a total of 125 hectares including 30 hectares in Côte de Nuits, 15 in Côte de Beaune and 75 in Côte Chalonnaise. These vineyard holdings include 10 Grand Crus and 20 Premier Crus spread over 16 Villages. In the Côte Chalonnaise Faiveley owns one of the largest Domaine in Mercurey.
Through careful planning and acquisition, the Domaine has managed to purchase or acquire eight monopole vineyards. These comprise 38 percent of the Domaine’s total vineyards, including: in the Côte de Beaune: Beaune Clos de l’Ecu 1er Cru and Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru. In the Côte de Nuits: Gevrey- Chambertin Clos des Issarts 1er Cru and in the Côte Chalonnaise: Mercurey Clos des Myglands 1er Cru, Mercurey La Framboisière and Mercurey Clos Rochette.
The Faiveleys firmly believe that the quality of the wine comes first from the fruit. Faiveley keep yields to a minimum through the controlled use of organic fertilizer and strict pruning. The development of rootstocks suited to specific soil types together with a high average vine age in the Faiveley vineyards also contributes to low yields. The finished wines are classic Burgundies with wonderful longevity, aromatics and a unique, elegant style.
Faiveley have recently appointed a technical director who has organised separate viticulture and winemaking teams for the Côte d’Or and the Côte Chalonnaise. Other projects include the building of a logistic centre in Mercurey, replacement of oak casks, label modernisation and replanting.
Purchase of new vineyards is at the top of Erwan’s agenda. After the acquisition of Premier Cru sites in Meursault, Volnay, Blagny, Monthélie and Pommard in 2007, Domaine Faiveley further extended its vineyards into the Côte de Beaune. The Faiveley family has now become the owner of 5 hectares in the most prestigious appellations of Puligny-Montrachet including: Grand Cru: Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet; Premier Cru: Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Referts’, ‘La Garenne’ and ‘Les Folatières’. These will serve to complete the range of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus from the domaine.
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